The supplement industry is booming as more and more doctors and patients recognize the value of nutrients, herbs, and vitamins. Not only can you find supplements online and at the grocery store, but your neighbor and your best friend are also in on the game. But how do you know if what you are buying is actually what you are buying? How do you know whether or not you are getting a good product; a product that will work? Not all supplements are created equal and quality and efficacy can vary from brand to brand. While supplements are generally safe to take, you want to make sure you are taking something that is actually going to help you.
I want to teach you to be savvy in your choices and get the most bang for your buck. In reality, it is pretty simple: purchase your supplements from a highly reputable professional-grade source; preferably from the advice of a Naturopathic Doctor, or other health professional who is well-trained in vitamins, nutrients, and herbs.
Here are some things to keep in mind when you buy supplements:
- Many supplements have been found to be contaminated or have inappropriate ingredients. For example, herbs from China are notoriously contaminated with heavy metals. Many of the less expensive supplement brands may be using poor ingredients like forms of iron that are not very absorbable, or a synthetic form of folic acid or vitamin E. While these ingredients are cheaper, they are not as effective. Another common issue is supplements that contain ingredients in amounts that do not have any therapeutic value, or have inappropriate combinations of ingredients. While most supplements are considered generally safe, you should be cautious, even when purchasing supplements from a health food store, gym, or online.
- Do not rely on advice from your friends, the salesperson at the local health food store, or yourself when it comes to making decisions about your health. When it comes down to it, a doctor, like myself, who is well educated in natural medicine, can help you make the best well-informed choices on what to take. It will actually save you a lot of time, suffering, and money to meet with a Naturopathic Doctor who can take a full history, run appropriate testing, and generate a personalized treatment plan. While Dr. Google is pretty good at making recommendations, knowing what you really need takes a skilled doctor with a medical education.
- I highly discourage you from purchasing your supplements from sources like Amazon and eBay. If you talk to any professional grade supplement company, you will learn that these types of sales are illegal. These high-end supplement companies go to great lengths to try to keep their items from being sold online and in the hands of medical professionals only. There are reports of contaminated, mislabeled, and expired products being sold through such sites. These supplements are typically marked up well above retail, because they are being sold illegally, and they are likely not handled appropriately either (eg. Is their fish oil stored in a dark, cool environment?)
- Supplements are generally safe to take. However, there are some common drug/herb and drug/nutrient interactions. It is important to keep this in mind when you go to purchase supplements, and again, it is best to have a Naturopathic Doctor review your prescriptions before you start taking things you think would be good for you.
These reputable companies do their due diligence in creating formulations that are both pure and effective. They are thoroughly researched, vetted, and are consistently third party tested for quality.
The Vail Valley Pharmacy is partnered with several of these professional-grade supplement companies. These reputable companies do their due diligence in creating formulations that are both pure and effective. They are thoroughly researched, vetted, and are consistently third party tested for quality. I feel confident that when I sell products from these companies that I do not have to worry about contamination or counterfeit or poor quality ingredients. I also know that these supplements are put together by teams of scientists and doctors that are experts in this field.
In addition to our brick and mortar store, we have TWO online stores filled with these professional-grade supplements.
One of these stores is putting on a sale June 22-23, 2021! If you register TODAY, you will be eligible to shop. You can take advantage of our June sale and have access to hundreds of high quality supplements- even many we do not have in our store- all year long.
Simply click here to create your account. Shop your favorite products and we will mail them directly to you- anywhere in the US! You can create an autoship for your convenience and rest assured that all of your highest quality supplements are stored, handled, and delivered appropriately right to your door.
The best thing is that you can share this offer with ALL of your friends and family. They do not have to be our customer, they do not have to live in Colorado. They just have to take advantage of our special June sale!